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2 Special Treats for 2 Special Events: Extra Pink Berry Smoothies and Special Dark Mini Muffins

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. ”

Maya Angelou

These berry smoothies and mini muffins are a little extra special…that’s because they have been made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They are my entries for the Boobie Bake Off event by Marye of Baking Delights and the Baking for Breast Cancer Awareness event by Ley of Cilantro and Lime. These women have so wonderfully put together these events to bring awareness to this disease that affects the lives of so many. Go check them out and spread the word!

Did you know….

Antioxidants are your friend.

High amounts of dietary antioxidants may protect women against developing breast cancer, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Nutrition. (taken from an article found here.)

Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries contain ellagic acid, a plant compound that combats carcinogens. (taken from an article found here.)

A standard serving of dark chocolate (40 grams) provides more antioxidant power than the standard servings of many other well-known antioxidant containing foods, including cranberries, walnuts and grapes. (taken from here.)

Extra Pink Berry Smoothies
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen
(makes 2 smoothies)

1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt (Stoneyfield is my favorite!)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup raspberry sherbert
1 cup fat free milk
1 TB honey
2-3 tsps of flax seeds

Put all ingredients into blender and let it whirl for a minute or so until everything is combined and flax seeds have been ground into smoothie (no health benefit to whole flax seeds…only ground).

Alongside these Extra Pink Berry Smoothies, enjoy a Special Dark Mini Muffin…made with Special Dark cocoa powder (full of antioxidants!).

Special Dark Mini Muffins
(makes 32 regular muffins and a lot of mini muffins!) Recipe adapted from my friend Betsy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Special Dark cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 egg whites
1 egg
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 cups fat free milk
2 TB canola oil
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, egg, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.

Coat muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray, fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes for mini muffins or 18-20 minutes for regular muffins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.

For more information or to make a donation toward breast cancer research,
please visit the following sites:

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc
Susan G. Komen For The Cure
The Breast Cancer Site

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23 Responses to “2 Special Treats for 2 Special Events: Extra Pink Berry Smoothies and Special Dark Mini Muffins”

  1. Lisa posted October 10, 2008 at 2:34 am

    This is such a great post! Now I will have to have a smoothie for breakfast. I really love that quote.

  2. anudivya posted October 10, 2008 at 4:06 am

    That is a great cause to cook Aggie. The cupcakes are so cute with the pink dusting on top…

  3. Barbara Bakes posted October 10, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Such a nice post – I’m glad I stopped by!

  4. ley posted October 10, 2008 at 4:32 am

    These are fantastic! Thank you so much for participating in BOTH of these events!! And isn’t that Special Dark cocoa powder great? I love it! I used it in my entry, too- totally healthy, right? 😉

    Thank you!

  5. Girl Japan posted October 10, 2008 at 5:51 am

    I admire women who make cakes and cupcakes from scratch!!! The lovely ingredients without all the toxic preservatives.. The pinks sprinkles… awfully cute… = )

  6. Pam posted October 10, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Both recipes look great but that smoothie is making my mouth water.

  7. Patsyk posted October 10, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Great post! That smoothie looks so good right now (I just finished my AM workout!). I have some special dark chocolate cocoa powder, and now I have a recipe to try it with – yum!

  8. Katherine Aucoin posted October 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    A wonderful cause to bake for Aggie and both look so delicious,

  9. Clumbsy Cookie posted October 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Very nice! I like pink and associate pink food with such great events is perfect! And they’re healthy as well! Great to have add flaxseeds in the smothie!

  10. Betsy posted October 10, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hats off to you. You have made a good recipe SO much better. I LOVE the idea of dark cocoa powder and the pink sprinkles.

  11. Deborah posted October 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    They both look so great! Love the pink!

  12. Mary Ann posted October 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Both of these recipes look great. I will have to try them over the weekend. Good job on getting involved in all of this!

  13. Steph posted October 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Boy do I love smoothies! Those muffins look absolutely sinful!

  14. Teresa Cordero Cordell posted October 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Aggie, thank you so much for visiting my blog. You are so sweet. I love your blog, especially those mini muffins! You know how I feel about chocolate. Great post my friend.

  15. Candy posted October 10, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Smoothie! Yummy! Those little muffins are so tasty looking too.

  16. ~Priscilla~ posted October 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    smoothies are my favorite – this one looks so good! those mini muffins, i could eat bunches of them.

  17. Usha posted October 11, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Wonderful post Aggie and your cupcakes look so cute and tempting…

  18. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth posted October 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    This is such a wonderful post and cause. I have a recipe I’m doing tomorrow in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month too. Both of these recipes look awesome too! I’m going to make the smoothie in celebration!

  19. Prudy posted October 12, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I love the quote, the recipes, and of course the worthy cause. Hilarious name for the event.

  20. Jenny posted October 12, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Great post Aggie! I love everything pink! Your smoothies and muffins look incredible! Love the pink sprinkles!

  21. Jane posted October 14, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for visiting my Foodzilla blog! It was so nice to get such encouragement when I haven’t even figured out how to post the pics yet!!
    Thanks, too, for the dark chocolate mini muffins–I’m trying the recipe this week!


  22. Zia posted November 10, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for writing this.


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